Managing the Changing IT Landscape: Business-Class Technology
In a recent blog post, I proposed the idea that business-class technology is not a luxury. When it comes to protecting sensitive company information and IP, as well as customer data, it’s critical to have the right technology in place.
But what makes technology business-class? In my mind, these are the top 10 features and capabilities that address the needs of both users and IT.
- Durability – Can handle daily wear and tear over a PC refresh cycle of three to four years; reinforced hardware (screen, chassis)
- High performance – Can manage multitasking and simultaneous app use
- Scalability –Ability to support new operating systems and apps during life cycle
- Security technologies – Protection for users and IT in a dynamic threat landscape
- Management tools – Ability for IT to manage all devices (tablets, phones, notebooks, desktops, etc.) regardless of operational state or location
- Identity protection – Ability to protect users online and safeguard corporate network access
- Data protection – Powerful encryption technologies to guard sensitive business data
- Antitheft capabilities – Ability to lock or wipe a device that is lost or stolen
- Appeal for users – Ease of use with an intuitive interface, a lightweight form factor, long battery life, and a sleek design
- Interoperability –Standards-based systems with Ethernet, USB, solid-state drives (SSDs), and strong Wi-Fi
What capabilities does your organization look for in business-class technology? Is anything missing from this list?